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2011-07-25 12:05:00

Japan jumped ahead of Germany on Sunday to become the third nation in terms of time its astronauts have spent in space. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said its astronauts have spent 494 days in space, overtaking the 493-day total of 10 German astronauts. Russia maintains first place with 104 astronauts spending a total of 20,760 days in space, while the U.S. holds second place with 14,786 days divvied up between 331 astronauts. Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa helped...

2011-06-24 17:19:00

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program recently recognized John Brinkman of Imperial, Pa., for his outstanding support of human spaceflight. Brinkman is a safety engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and works for ARES Corp. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Brinkman organized and led a successful ground safety review for the Communications, Navigation, and Networking re-Configurable Test Bed...

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2011-06-01 11:00:00

All space missions have one inescapable dependency: the electricity flowing through their systems to keep them alive. Take away its power and a spacecraft is nothing more than space debris "“ an eventuality the space power professionals strive to avoid. Next week sees more than 250 experts come together at an ESA-organized conference on power systems. The Ninth European Space Power Conference (ESPC) will take place on 6"“10 June in Saint Raphaël on...

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2011-05-10 09:28:23

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite has been keeping track of the drenching rainfall that has been occurring in the central U.S. this springtime, and a newly created rain map from that data from April 4 to May 4, 2011 shows those soaked areas. A combination of heavy rains and a large snow melt has put parts of the central U.S. at risk for record flooding this spring with several locations along the Mississippi already at or near record levels. One likely culprit is La...

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2011-04-27 13:42:29

Lori Keesey, NASA Scientists from NASA and other organizations are on a mission to unlock the mysteries of why certain clouds produce copious amounts of rain. In a field mission that is now under way, aircraft are carrying instruments above and into rain clouds. Meanwhile scientists are also getting rainfall measurements on the ground. This field campaign provides the most comprehensive observations of rainfall in the U.S. through the use of aircraft, spacecraft, remote sensing and ground...

2011-04-06 16:08:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that they have successfully operated a Japanese HAYABUSA low power microwave ion engine at Aerojet's facility in Redmond, Wash. These ion propulsion systems provide propellant efficiencies more than 10 times higher than those of conventional propulsion systems for use on low Earth orbit, geosynchronous and deep space missions. This test is an...

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2011-03-24 13:54:31

X-ray observations made by the Suzaku observatory provide the clearest picture to date of the size, mass and chemical content of a nearby cluster of galaxies. The study also provides the first direct evidence that million-degree gas clouds are tightly gathered in the cluster's outskirts. Suzaku is sponsored by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with contributions from NASA and participation by the international scientific community. The findings will appear in the March 25 issue of...

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2011-03-17 06:48:23

Following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, satellite imagery has been vital in providing a clear picture of the extent of devastation to aid the relief effort now underway. In response to this event, which turned out to be the biggest earthquake Japan has suffered in living memory, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was triggered by the Cabinet Office of Japan the same day the earthquake struck. As a result, satellite images from several space...

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2011-02-17 11:30:00

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to carry out feasibility studies before making a final decision on sending a robot to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2013, a JAXA official tells AFP. The humanoid robot will communicate with people on Earth through Twitter messages. The Japanese robot is also expected to take pictures and send messages through microblog site Twitter, Sano said, adding that it can "tweet" simple words such as "good morning" and "good night"...

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2011-01-20 10:58:39

A quick succession of international space supply trucks will arrive on the International Space Station's loading docks early in 2011, dropping off more than 11 tons (10,000 kilograms) of food, computers, medical equipment and supplies, spare parts and experiment gear "“ not to mention the necessities of everyday human life in orbit. Demonstrating a multinational commitment to supporting life, work and research on the station at the start of its second decade, space trucks from Japan,...


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